There have been fleeting hopes that the new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, might reform Beijing's policies in dealing with Tibet. However, recent reports out of China imply this is not actually very likely. The Tibet Sun reported on Oct. 22, 2013, "China says Tibet policy “correct”, no turning back."
A Chinese government white paper said on Tuesday that China has no intentions of changing course on its “correct” policies in the restive region of Tibet. It is China's position these policies have brought unprecedented achievements. The government of China has blasted the romanticized notion Tibet was once an idyllic fairyland.
China has insisted over the years that its iron fisted rule in remote and mountainous Tibet has been necessary.
According to Beijing, Tibet suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation of serfs and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist Chinese troops “peacefully liberated” Tibet and thereafter introduced “democratic reforms” in 1959.
When President Xi Jinping took office earlier this year there were at first expectations in some quarters that he might take a softer line on Tibet, partially because his late father, a reformist vice premier, had a close relationship with the Dalai Lama. However, Xi has not really shown any signs of changing course in Tibet.
In fact in a policy paper carried by the official Xinhua news agency, the Chinese government said, “Today’s Tibet is developing economically, making progress politically, has a flourishing culture, a harmonious society and a good environment; its people are happy and healthy." The paper concluded, “Tibet’s development cannot be separated from this correct path.”